Harbaugh unapologetic for going out of state to recruit

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has taken a more national approach to recruiting than his predecessors.

And he makes no apologies for going outside Michigan to put together his highly touted 2016 recruiting class.

"A lot of those avenues have been opened up," Harbaugh said following the unveiling of his class Wednesday, Signing Day. "Why wouldn't we be recruiting in California, as well? California has the most applications of students going to the University of Michigan.

"Wisconsin, Maryland, a lot of states, Georgia.

"So, it's a recruiting class that there's a lot of diversity, and there's a lot of diversity from that part of the country, some in cities, some in towns, some in rural areas. The common thread that they have is they all want a great education and they all love football."

Michigan had a whopping 2016 class, that includes 29 players.

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Three of them are from Michigan — Rockford kicker Quinn Nordin, Detroit King cornerback Lavert Hill and Detroit Cass Tech offensive guard Michael Onwenu.

"It's a really good footprint," Harbaugh said. "I think we got some darn good football players from the state of Michigan. Anywhere that a youngster is proven to be highly competitive in the classroom, on the football field and a good citizen, we're gonna want to take a look at them.

"You're allowed to cross state borders in my America.

"And bringing them here to one of the finest institutions in the world is an exciting thing to do."